Born: 1886, Shipley
Died: 27 October 1914
Buried: No known grave
Address: 5 Hope Street, off Ives Street, Shipley
Parents: John and Alice
Spouse: Gertrude
Siblings: Sarah, Edward, Annie, Ida, Willie, Ethel, Mary
Occupation: Galvaniser, Shipley Tank Co
Rank: Pte
Rolls of Honour: St Paul’s, Shipley; Le Touret Memorial
Children: one son
Regiment: King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry
Frederick Scarfe
Fred Scarfe was the fifth of eight children of Shipley quarryman John and his wife Alice who was born in New Holland, Lincolnshire and who in 1901 were living in Constance Street, Shipley, having moved there from Upperhead Row, Idle in the previous ten years. As a reservist, Fred was one of the first men from Shipley to go to war and one of the first to die. On 11 December 1914, the Shipley Times & Express reported: ‘Another Shipley home has been bereaved as a result of the war. Pte Fred Scarfe, a Reservist in the King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry, who lived at 5 Hope Street, is included amongst the fallen.
‘On Sunday morning Mrs Scarfe received official intimation that her husband had been killed in action in France on October 27th. ‘It is a singular coincidence that on that date Mrs Scarfe received a letter from her husband, written on
October 21st in which he said he was “in the pink.” ‘After asking his wife to forward him a couple of packets of cigarettes, the writer went on to say: “You do not know how glad our troops will be when this is all over. Anyone not out here cannot imagine what the fighting is like. We will have a beanfeast when I come home.” ‘Scarfe, who was well-known in the Shipley district, was employed by the Shipley Tank Company Ltd., Bowling Back Lane, Bradford ‘He leaves a widow and one child, a boy, who was six years of age on Tuesday last. The greatest sympathy is felt with the family in their sad bereavement.’
The following week there was a report of a memorial service at St Paul’s Church. ‘A pleasing feature was that a number of Boy Scouts, anxious to pay a tribute of respect to one of our local heroes, marched to the church in a drenching shower of rain. ‘Appropriate prayers were offered and one of the special hymns for men during war was sung. The vicar, Rev Bernard Herklots, preached.’
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